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Description: On the origin of schizophrenia

JUNG, Carl Gustav.
Ãœber die Psychologie der Dementia praecox.

Halle a S., Carl Marhold, 1907. 8vo. Original brown printed wrappers. IV, 179 (1) pp.

First edition of Jung's study of dementia praecox which contains the first psychosomatic theory of the origin of schizophrenia. Jung hypothesized that 'complexes', the term he coined to describe constellations of emotionally charged ideas, produced a toxin that impaired mental functioning and released the contents of the complex directly into consciousness. The work influenced Bleuler, Jung's teacher at the Burghölzi Asylum in Zürich, when he proposed the name 'schizophrenia' in 1911 (see Norman 245).
Carl Gustav Jung (Kesswil, July 26, 1875 - Küsnacht, June 6, 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology. Jung's unique approach to psychology has been influential in countercultural movements in Europe, the United States and elsewhere since the 1960s. He emphasized understanding the psyche through exploring the worlds of dreams, art, mythology, world religion and philosophy. Although he was a theoretical psychologist and practicing clinician, much of his life's work was spent exploring other realms, including Eastern and Western philosophy, alchemy, astrology, sociology, as well as literature and the arts. His most notable ideas include the concept of archetypes, the collective unconscious and synchronicity. Jung emphasized the importance of balance and harmony. He cautioned that modern people rely too heavily on science and logic and would benefit from integrating spirituality and appreciation of unconscious realms.

Good copy.- (Wrappers sl. discoloured; spine used).
Norman 1187 (this copy); Fine 383; Zilborg & Henry 493; Oxford companion to the mind, pp. 403-5; Heirs of Hippocrates 2301; Alexander & Selesnick, 298.
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